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SHOTESHAM CELEBRATES THE QUEENS JUBILEE - info below    Support for Ukraine now operational, info below

Ken Munro is the news editor. Please let him know about village news and events via Contact Us on the main menu or on 07880801674.

Her Majesty The Queen’s Jubilee 2022 👑 🎺 🎺- Shotesham is proud to celebrate this singularly auspicious occasion with four events over the extended bank holiday weekend….
Shotesham Jubilee Beacon 🔥 – Thursday 2nd June 9pm – Please join us at 9 pm on Thursday 2nd June for the lighting of the Shotesham Jubilee Beacon at St Mary’s Church on one the highest points in our Parish. We will be joined by a village community choir, a local bagpiper, a trumpeter, local poets and purveyors of fine wines and tasty Jubilee snacks as we mark this significant national event.
Parking is limited at St Mary’s so consider taking an evening stroll across the fields if able. A torch is advisable – beacons will be lit simultaneously all across the UK at 9.45pm, which will be after sunset.
This event is being arranged by the Parish Council but has been made possible by the generosity of our community.
    Photographic representation, not actual

Saturday 4th June from 10am– will see (or hear!) the first full Peal of Bells🔔🔔 at All Saints Church for over 20 years, and certainly the first time since the new bell was commissioned in 2019. For the uninitiated (including me), if the ringers don’t make a mistake and ‘get lost’, a full peal lasts around 3 hours and, I’m told, is a joy to hear. See here for more info. 
Following the Peal, the PCC invites you for tea and cake at All Saints from 2.30-4.30. The church will be decorated with Jubilee themed flowers 💐.

Shotesham Jubilee Tea Party ☕️ 🥳 – Sunday 5th June from 2 – 8pm. Everyone in Shotesham Parish is invited to join us on The Street outside the Globe and the Village Pond, where tables and chairs will be laid out so that families and friends throughout the village can come together to celebrate HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The Globe will be open for drinks as normal (no food), but can you please avoid using the Globe’s tables unless purchasing drinks. There will be live music, and whilst you’ll need to bring your own picnic, there will be a celebratory cake which will hopefully provide a piece for everyone, along with some bubbles for a toast! Dress- best togs, fancy dress, or just come as you are! Royalist or not, you have to accept that 70 years in a job is a pretty good reason for congratulations and celebration, cheers Ma’am! 
Hope to see you in the crowd. 

Other Jubilee info
Stoke Holy Cross
is running an all day open Jubilee Celebration on Saturday 4th June on the playing field – 10am fun run, 12pm main event -Picnic in the Park with live music from local musicians, bouncy castle, dog show, viking and saxon displays, licensed bar, ice-creams, pizza, games, crafts and more.

Jubilee Flypast Training – will take place over Norfolk & Lincolnshire from 24 – 26 May, click here for details

Support for Ukraine 🇺🇦 – Most villagers will be aware that, following on from a point raised at the SVA AGM, a group of Shotesham residents got together to discuss what we, as a village community, could do to support Ukrainian people who are having to flee their home country, and sadly by the looks of things this need isn’t going away very soon. The good news is that a couple of our local IT experts have brought together a website where we can all share, and hopefully bring together the needs of potential refugees with the help that we as individuals and as a community can provide.

The website is aimed both at refugees (hence all the information about Shotesham and Norwich, with a heavy emphasis on how close Norwich is, because that seems very important to the Ukrainians) and also Shotesham residents, whether they are able to help by offering to host or in some other way.  Whilst a number of people have already expressed a desire to help, we would ask that anyone who is interested in either hosting or in offering other kinds of help, even if you’ve been in touch previously, can you please start again by using the form on the Contact page of the website to get in touch. This will help gather all the requisite information in the same place and can assist in the process of matching people with their various needs, please be aware however that, as stated clearly on the website, it is not a matching service as such. Please see the Legal Page on the website for an explanation.
Once you have recorded your interest, you’ll receive a short questionnaire to be completed online and this information will be stored on our database. As you will know from the news, the need for this support remains acute and urgent, so please respond as soon as you can and we can start putting people in touch. We already have expressions of interest from several Ukrainians, though we’re finding that expressions of interest don’t always transfer into a decision to travel here! 

Please visit Shoteshamtogether at  www.shoteshamtogether.org,  Shotesham looks forward to trying to help Ukraine in anyway we can, please help by expressing your support. Many thanks to those who have worked to bring this to life so quickly. 

However, clearly there are individuals who aren’t quite as supportive, as exposed by the vandalism in Shotesham and other local villages, where some, presumably mindless, idiots have painted swastikas on Ukrainian flags aswell as someone’s property! I say ‘mindless, but if the responsible persons are offended they are perfectly entitled to contact with their own viewpoint should they wish to. No desire to put photos of swastikas on this site, but an article on the issue is available on the EDP website. Shotesham’s response to this incident is to acquire and fly more Ukraine flags across the village in solidarity

Never short of spectacular views in Shotesham…..bootiful, looking forward to seeing your Spring & Summer photos an update.

Sunset, Jeff Gough……
…and Moonset! Lesley Munro

And talking of views, a prize for the first one to guess this spooky 👻 one!

The DIARY – Click here

AGM – many thanks to all who attended our AGM, always good to see some new faces and share some news and chat. If you couldn’t make it, please still remember your membership donations of £3 per person which help the SVA put on events as we return to normality(ish!). Your contribution can preferably be paid by bank transfer to account name Shotesham Village Association, A/C no. 23782145, sort code 60-15-31, using your surname & SVA (e.g. Munro SVA) as the reference. Or see the leaflet in March Contact for more details and methods of payment. Thanks in anticipation from the SVA.

Our Ukrainian Tea Party on Sunday was an amazing success and very warm thanks from Laura and her team of glamorous assistants, to all who provided cakes and the many people who came along to enjoy them. Between the generous donations for tea money and the raffle, the total raised for The British Red Cross Ukrainian Crisis Appeal was a huge £1600, which made all the hard work worthwhile. Many thanks again and kindest regards, Laura & Raz Woollacott. 

For anyone who missed them, you can drool over the cakes below 😛

Shotesham yoga – there are two classes on Wednesdays at 5.30pm – 6.30 and 7pm – 8 at the Trinity, classes can be booked directly with teacher Kate – auntdollys@yahoo.com

Walking in Shotesham – As spring approaches and the sun is out, it’s time to get the walking shorts out. A local walk was enjoyed by a large group and lots of dogs, three  more coming up in May – Sunday 1st, Thursday 12th, and a picnic walk on Sunday 29th. 

Courtesy of Bernie (Photographer)

Easter Kids event on Monday 18th April – fab event at All Saints Church on Easter Monday, a good time was had by all….well at least most! And a special thank you to Peter Holmes who, once again, lent us his garden for the races. Many thanks Peter. 

Tour de Shotesham bike ride, A fine sunny day for the 10th anniversary Tour de Shotesham, which saw Martijn Muntingh (34.03) and Terri Howard (43.52) retain their titles from last year, and the Burtons – Christine and Ted – cycled away with the ‘mature’ categories. First amongst the younger entries were brother and sister, Noah and Anayah Russell, and first (of one!) in the ebike category was yours truly (46.29).  Martijn was 1 minute outside the TdS record, mainly due to a stiff north westerly wind blowing up Rogers Lane…better luck next year Martijn.

Shotesham Sound Bath – apologies from Laura but this event has been cancelled. 

That time of year! News for all walkers who use the Common on the north side of Hollow Lane, the time has come for the cows to share our pasture and care must be taken when walking on there, particularly in the first days & weeks when there are new calves and they’re not used to people or dogs. I always find that if they’re treated them with respect and given a wide berth, there shouldn’t be any problems.
Thanks Lesley!
A couple of other requests however. I’ve noticed that the gate outside Flint Cottage (my house) has been left open a few times, this is clearly not a good idea so please take the time to ensure it is properly closed (sometimes it needs a little lift as you close it). Also, the latch on the Hollow Lane gate has a tendency to occasionally become detached, in fact I had to repair it only on Friday! if you find this happens to you, please ensure the gate is closed and let myself 07880801674 or Ed – edhoward54@gmail.com – know as soon as possible. Finally, it’s easy to think that it’s ok not to clean up after your dog when you’re on the Common. Dog poo can be extremely dangerous for cows, don’t just take it from me please click on the link and have a look. neosporosis-the-hidden-danger-that-dogs-pose-to-cattle. Thanks for your help and common sense, see you out there soon.

Wildlife in Shotesham – who knew we had so many different wildlife species on our doorstep?! Village resident, Andy Musgrove is busy collecting and collating them all and, whilst in his own words he hasn’t got them all yet, click here for a few to be getting on with. Careful though, it could make your hair stand on end!!

…and how’s this for acrobatics, after all who says they’re only for the birds!

Another Wildlife adventure, courtesy of NWT….click here

Other Information –

Even with the world wide crisis, some people are still looking to take advantage of any weaknesses. As always, please keep an eye out for any unusual activity, remember that if you spot anything suspicious the police can be contacted by phoning 101. 

SCAM AWARE! Due to the increasing occurrence of scams, we’ve decided to feature a log of examples on the site which will feature examples of things to avoid, and hopefully give a general of the types of scams that are out there. If you experience anything suspicious, please send evidence via email (Contact Us above) and we’ll add them to the list. Thanks for your help and, as always, don’t respond to anything you’re not sure of, and you can always look up the Scam Aware website or Google the company name (other search engines are available). REMEMBER, if it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, it’s probably a DUCK! Click on the links for some examples – text msg – Email ProviderLetters promising $millions!!
To emphasise the extent of the SCAMMING problem,  click here  for an up to date message from our Community Police Engagement Officer, and advice from NLC on scam avoidance – see it here. Look out, other scams are available!! 

Community information….Anglian Water’s Priority Services Register is in place to help lots of people with different needs and is completely free, click here for more info

Norfolk Citizens Advice Bureau (NCAB) are looking for volunteers and Trustees, if you have time on your hands why not give it a go? See more info here

Norfolk Local Councils (NLC) – Go wild in the Country with Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Environment agency – Winter Flooding Report, read here

ALSO, Norfolk Citizens Advice have launched a new initiative to assist individuals in need – Grants for Individuals in need database. The database is funded as part of the Coordinated Community Support Programme and is open access on the Norfolk Citizens Advice website. The database contains largely small local grant giving organisations that operate in Norfolk.
The webpage contains:

  • Brief information on how to use the database
  • A short video demonstration
  • A tips document on maximising successful applications with hints and tips from grant organisation trustees
  • A feedback link to report out of date information, suggest organisations to include,  or just give feedback on your experience of using the database

Norfolk County Council – info, advice and links  here

Norfolk Local Councils’ Wellbeing Group have produced an excellent article on Carbon Footprints and some actions which can be taken, click here, and they have also provided a pamphlet of Finance Awareness and Scam avoidance – see it here 

Bin Collection Calendars – South Norfolk have discontinued sending out hard copies,  full info here

South Norfolk’s latest bulletin containing a lot of good advice can be found at their website here….too big to attach!

National Association of Local Councils (NALC) – 2021 Points of Light, read it here

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital’s ‘Settle in Services’ are looking for dedicated volunteers who wish to give something back to their local community. Volunteers meet patients on their day of discharge from hospital to help settle them back in to their own environment. Click here for more information 

South Norfolk older people’s forum, details here.

Rural Services NetworkMarch bulletin here

For assistance with power cuts, please click this link from UK Power Networks

Thinking Fuel – If you feel you may be paying too much for your oil, Community Action Norfolk (CAN) have a scheme that may assist. Click here to see how you might save and here to see how it works, or go directly to the CAN website for more details.

Our local police officer is PC 1151 Sherry Locke who now holds the position of Poringland Beat Manager, contact details for all our local officers – click here.

Norfolk Police & Crime Commissioner’s – April news update – click here

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